We live in a complex world with a lot going on. It takes creative thinking to be able to synthesize all that is happening around us in order to make sense of it all.
I’ve noticed a theme repeating itself in several directions I’ve turned lately. It’s the concept of Big vs. Little, David and Goliath, the structural machine vs. the individual.
It popped up in an editorial I read recently about the Wikileaks scandal. The editor remarked that the Big powers that be have been making clandestine decisions behind closed doors while maintaining a completely different public face. Wikileaks is about the Little guys taking back some power from the Big guys and making it known that Little will no longer be pushed around and is now a force to be reckoned with.
This same theme is showing itself in the competition between Apps- big companies limiting options, and the world-wide web- a truly democratic shmorgishborg where Little can participate on equal ground with Big.
It is interesting that Big vs. Little can also unfold when Little tries to act Big. Whenever little people decide that they are bigger than the rest, they destroy any hope of true togetherness.
What is it about human nature that compels us to put ourselves above others, to grab for more power than we need? It is a futile quest we must relinquish, humbly acknowledging that we are really all only Little. And there is honor in that.
Stealing a Moment
I’m staring out the window watching the clouds. They hang, suspended in the expanse of blue extending endlessly. The world falls silent, I float. The air is still. Time stops.
A deep breath.
And then, the clouds start to move and I must return to the dishes I was washing, letting the clouds pass by.
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